Guidance and Support Staff

Learning Services Teacher - Vicky Rhodes

Vicky comes to us with ten years’ experience teaching and supporting students with exceptionalities. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both from UBC. Vicky is an Orton-Gillingham tutor, and is presently working on a Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Education from Queen’s University. Vicky is passionate about early literacy, art, and yoga. On the weekends you can find Vicky on the water or snow with her husband and seven-year-old daughter, or with her nose in a good book.

Teaching Assistant - Madelaine Arshak

Madelaine is a passionate teacher and counsellor. She has a diploma in Professional Counselling Psychology as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is also bilingual; Arabic is her second language. Her passion is to help children of all ages learn in a fun, creative and safe environment. Her professional history includes teaching, nannying, and caring for children with special needs. Madelaine has worked with ESL students, special-needs students, and students with learning and cognitive disabilities. She has also worked extensively as a therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, art, philosophy, spirituality and music!

Teaching Assistant - Carlene Burton

Carlene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with both children and adults with special needs. Prior to coming to Madrona, she worked in one-on-one behavioural intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. She has also spent time as a support worker for at-risk youth. Carlene enjoys travelling and spends her free time at the gym, reading, and painting at home.

Teaching Assistant - Adam Lee

Adam grew up in Kelowna, BC and has a background in science and engineering from UBC. After working as an engineer in Alberta for two years he returned to school to pursue a masters in engineering studying sustainable transportation. Adam loves to bring real life examples from engineering and research into the class room. He is currently completing his thesis and plans to return to school for a bachelors of education. In his free time he enjoys travelling, hiking, yoga, volleyball, tennis and reading.

Teaching Assistant - Sara Farrelly

Sara hails from Dublin, Ireland where she worked in the special education sector for nearly 10 years. Sara also managed an extra curricular social group for adolescents with disabilities for 6 years. Since moving to Vancouver, Sara has developed a love for the great outdoors and in her spare time enjoys hiking, running and spending time with family and friends.